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Akron: Akron Board of Ed approves cuts to reduce budget

11:58 PM, May 7, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Approximately 200 positions and cuts were announced Monday night to balance the Akron schools budget for 2013.

The Akron Board of Eduction approved the elimination of about 200 positions as well as cuts in equipment, supplies, and services to balance their budget.

The changes total around $18 million for fiscal year 2013.

These reductions are just the first round of cuts to slash the projected $22 million deficit for fiscal year 2012-13.

Further recommendations in reductions include:

Personnel Reductions: $13,575,366
(15 Administrators/Supervisors; 4 Instructional Support Staff; 139 Teachers; 23 Secretaries/Clerical Support; 21 Custodial/Maintenance)

Non-Personnel Reductions: $4,588,600 ($750,000 Supplies; $750,000 Textbooks; $500,000 Technology/Software; $150,000 Equipment; $2,438,600 Purchased Services)

TOTAL CUTS: $18,163,966

Superintendent David W. James said, "With the daunting task of erasing a $22 million budget deficit, we've sought recommendations from our staff and community." 

The district still needs to cut out $3.7 million somewhere if they want to reach their goal.

James said, "We will continue to seek out further reductions based on the latest information regarding declines in revenue based on lower commercial property valuations and collection rates, which could result in another $2 million shortfall, bringing the total amount to $24 million."

"I support and applaud Superintendent James for working collectively with our staff and community to bring these recommendations to the Board," said Board President Jason Haas. "Unfortunately, this is only round one -- we still have work to do."

WKYC-TV

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